Citrus-Braised Pears with Whipped Honey Ricotta
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cup water
- 2 oranges, juiced
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 ripe pears
- ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup granola
For best results, we recommend using:
- Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C).
- Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Toast cloves in the pan until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Whisk water, orange juice, orange liqueur, and honey together in a baking dish until honey is completely integrated; add cinnamon sticks and toasted cloves.
- Peel, core, and halve the pears, dropping pear halves into the orange mixture immediately to prevent browning. Arrange the pears into a single layer. The liquid should cover the lower ¾ of the pears. Make sure the cinnamon sticks and cloves are nestled in the baking dish as well. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake in preheated oven until the pears are tender and can easily be pierced with a knife, 40 to 45 minutes.
- While the pears are cooking, blend the ricotta, milk, honey, and vanilla extract in a blender until smooth and creamy. refrigerate until ready to serve. Alternately, put the ingredients into a deep bowl or pot and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
- Place 2 pear halves on each plate; top with a dollop of the whipped ricotta. Sprinkle granola over the topping to serve.
This dessert is great for entertaining since much of it can be prepped days in advance: the pears can be baked up to three ahead and chilled until you plan to serve them. Simply rewarm in a 325° oven until heated through, about 10 minutes. Make the whipped ricotta a few days ahead too, and refrigerate until ready to use.
What others are saying
Sam Dalton says:
My wife bought a bunch of pears, so we decided to use what was leftover to make this recipe. The ricotta and granola topping was really good. Really delicious as a breakfast or dessert.
Jessica Scott says:
I made this recipe and it was so really delicious! Eating dessert does not always have to equal fat and carbs! This was light and flavorful. I especially loved the honey whipped ricotta, which was phenomenal together with the pears. The granola on the top was like icing in the cake!
Greg Jones says:
We had some leftover pears and decided to make this recipe. It was really easy and the pears turned out great. The whipped ricotta and granola on top were fantastic. Next time I'll probably double the batch!